Chamber seeking to clinch long stay car parking spots

PUBLISHED: 11:30 01 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:41 01 April 2015

Lace Walk car park in Honiton. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 4264-46-12TI

Lace Walk car park in Honiton. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 4264-46-12TI

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Colin Wright plans to thrash out a deal with East Devon District Council (EDDC) after the authority made the change to the spaces in Lace Walk Car Park.

The chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce is looking to find new long stay parking spots in Honiton after 12 were changed to short stay.

Colin Wright plans to thrash out a deal with East Devon District Council (EDDC) after the authority made the change to the spaces in Lace Walk Car Park.

The move will help disabled visitors who visit Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery - but has drawn criticism from regular users of the long stay car park.

Mr Wright said: “Honiton Chamber of Commerce was concerned to learn of the loss of car parking spaces in the Lace Walk long stay car park, near the Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

“Although there is still long stay car parking in New Street and Silver Street, the spaces in Lace Walk have been in regular use by locals for some time - especially since the loss of the long stay car park in Dowell Street which has been built over by The Beehive.”

Mr Wright said following talks with EDDC, he intends to meet with the authority soon to talk about what can be done to help users of the car park.

Although he has not made any promises, he has suggested spaces opposite the toilets in Lace Walk Car Park be used as possible ‘permit holders only’ bays.

He is also looking to talk to Beehive officials to see if there is scope for long stay spaces to be implemented in the complex’s car park.

If no spaces can be found, Mr Wright fears that more motorists will be pushed on to the sides of residential streets.

His concerns were echoed by other members of the chamber.

In a statement, the group said its main concern was that the loss of the long stay spaces will result in ‘even more cars obstructing nearby residential areas’.

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